Reported by: The Voice of UK (Florida, USA)
Students and school staff across the US are commemorating the Florida school shooting with a walkout, exactly one month after the killings.
They are stopping lessons for 17 minutes in memory of the 17-people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Pupils at the school, which was targeted by a former student, hugged each other on the football field.
Protest organizers accuse Congress of failing to tackle gun violence.
The White House revealed a plan this week to deter school shootings which does not include President Donald Trump’s repeated calls to raise the age for buying semi-automatic rifles to 21.
Instead, it moves ahead with his controversial proposal to provide firearms training to school employees.
In New York City, they chanted, “Enough is enough!”
The New York City Department of Education allowed students to participate if they submitted a signed permission slip from their parents.
But a few school districts around the country had warned against protests during school hours.
More than 40 of U.S. colleges and universities, including Yale, Brown and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have said their admissions offices would not penalize any applicants who may be disciplined for protesting.
Organizers of the National School Walkout, who were also behind the Women’s March in January 2017 against Mr. Trump’s inauguration, called on “students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies” to take part.
They accuse Congress of “inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing” schools and neighborhoods.
Schools taking part included Colorado’s Columbine High School where 13 people were shot dead by two students in 1999.
Students from more than 2,800 schools and groups are joining the walkouts, many with the backing of their school districts, according to the event’s organizers, who also coordinated the Women’s March protests staged nationwide over the past two years.
Support has also come from the American Civil Liberties Union and Viacom Inc, which said all seven of its networks, including MTV, suspended programming on the East Coast during the 17-minute walk out there.